Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 16, 2023

October 16, 1846: William Thomas Green Morton first demonstrated the use of ether as a general anesthetic before a gathering of physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. — After the French Revolution began, Marie-Antoinette, queen consort of Louis XVI, was targeted by agitators who, enraged by her extravagance and attempts to save the monarchy, ultimately guillotined her on this day in 1793. — Today’s feature article is a review written by Field Gear Editor Tom Christianson.  

Cold Steel Leatherneck SF Field Knife, by Thomas Christianson

Clearly inspired by the Marine “Knife, Fighting Utility” of World War II and beyond, the Cold Steel Leatherneck SF takes a classic concept and improves upon it. The German D2 steel blade of the Leatherneck is a significant upgrade from the 1095 carbon steel of the original, as is the Kray-Ex handle that replaces the stacked leather washers of the original. During my testing I found the Leatherneck SF to be a sharp and durable knife that was especially useful in firewood processing, gardening, and yard care.

Recipe of the Week: One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken

The following recipe for One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken is from SurvivalBlog reader J.P.V.. Ingredients 4 bone-in chicken thighs 1 Tbsp butter or ghee 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin or minced 1 Tbsp brown sugar 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp oregano 1 lb fresh green beans (or veggie of your choice) Season chicken with S & P, to taste Directions Preheat oven to 400 F. Melt butter in an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and sear both sides until golden brown. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside saving the drippings. Add garlic, brown sugar, …

Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. In this column, JWR also covers hedges, derivatives, and various obscura. This column emphasizes JWR’s “tangibles heavy” investing strategy and contrarian perspective. Today, we look at bank branch closures. (See the Economy & Finance section.) Precious Metals: Mark Lundeen: Gold’s Price in Foreign Currencies. o  o  o Zimbabwe turns gold-backed digital token into payment method. Economy & Finance: Major Banks Close Over 3,000 Branches Nationwide, With Recent 50+ Closures from Bank of America In Just One Week. o  …